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  • Season 1
    • 2004 ALCS, Game 1: Red Sox @ Yankees
    • 9/18/96: Clemens Ks 20 for Second Time
    • 2007 World Series, Game 3: Red Sox @ Rockies
    • 2005 NLCS, Game 1: Astros @ Cardinals
    • 1998 NLCS, Game 2: Padres @ Braves
    • 1990 ALCS, Game 1: Athletics @ Red Sox
    • 7/10/07: 2007 All-Star Game
      7/10/07: 2007 All-Star Game
      Episode 07.10.07
    • 1/11/11
    • 4/4/01: Nomo Tosses Second No-No
    • 1999 ALCS, Game 3: Yankees @ Red Sox
    • 9/16/03
    • 10/13/01
    • 10/11/03
    • 2008 World Series, Game 5: Rays at Phillies
    • 1980 World Series, Game 6: Royals at Phillies
    • 1993 NLCS, Game 6: Braves at Phillies
    • 4/27/03: Kevin Millwood's No-Hitter
    • 2008 NLCS, Game 5: Phillies at Dodgers
    • 2008 NLDS, Game 4: Phillies at Brewers
    • 10/9/05
    • 10/16/03
    • 10/17/99
    • 10/14/76
    • 10/11/86
    • St. Louis Cardinals 0 at Kansas City Royals 11, F -- The "Show-Me Series" came to an end on October 27, 1985 at Royals Stadium when the night after becoming a father, Royals pitcher Bret Saberhagen threw a five-hitter while leading his team to victory. The Royals became the only team to ever come from a three games to one deficit twice in the same postseason to win the World Series.moreless
    • Boston Red Sox 4 at Colorado Rockies 3, F -- There was certainly no 86-year wait this time. The Red Sox used two homers and superb pitching to complete a sweep and propel once-title-starved Boston to its second World Series title in four seasons. It all ended with Jonathan Papelbon, the closer who has been brilliant all year and into the postseason, striking out Seth Smith on 95-mph heat. The fiery right-hander tossed his glove high in the air with joy, took his hat off and then embraced catcher Jason Varitek after saving the World Series clincher for left-hander Jon Lester. From there, it was a sea of Red Sox piling on top of each other in the middle of the diamond.moreless
    • 10/21/07
      Cleveland Indians 2 at Boston Red Sox 11, F -- The Red Sox are the AL's best as they rode the home crowd and Dustin Pedroia's five RBIs to surge past the Indians. Daisuke Matsuzaka's solid start and a six-out save by closer Jonathan Papelbon bookended Boston's return to the Fall Classic. Boston completed its dramatic comeback from 3-1 down in this series, becoming the first team in Major League history to pull off that feat three times.moreless
    • 2007 ALDS, Game 3: Red Sox at Angels
      Boston Red Sox 9 at Los Angeles Angels 1, F -- Go wild, Beantown! The Red Sox are returning to the ALCS for the first time since 2004. Boston swept LA behind a magnificent effort by Curt Schilling, who hurled seven scoreless innings, and back-to-back homers by its magnificent duo -- David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez -- in the fourth inning.moreless
    • 6/20/07: Sammy Sosa's 600th Home Run
      June 20, 2007: Cubs 3 at Rangers 7, F -- Sammy Sosa became the fifth player to hit 600 career homers, and he did it against his former team. The slugger touched Jason Marquis for the historic blast on a solo shot in the fifth as the Rangers rolled.
    • October 24, 1992: 1992 World Series, Game 6: Toronto Blue Jays 4 at Atlanta Braves 3, F/11 -- Dave Winfield picked the perfect moment for his first extra-base hit in twelve career World Series games. With the score tied in the 11th and the Blue Jays one win away from Canada's first-ever World Series title, Winfield burned Charlie Leibrandt for a double down the left field line to put Toronto up 4-2. The Braves mounted a comeback, but ultimately fell short, 4-3.moreless
    • May 6, 1998: Houston Astros 0 at Chicago Cubs 2, F -- The most dominating pitching performance of the 1998 season wasn't turned in by one of the usual suspects. No, it wasn't Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez or Roger Clemens who blew up on May 6th with a phenomenal 20-strikeout, one-hit gem; it was a 20-year old neophyte by the name of Kerry Wood who went from a promising Cubs rookie to a household name in a matter of hours.moreless
    • 7/1/94: Angels and Orioles Clout 11 Home Runs
      July 1, 1994: California Angels 7 at Baltimore Orioles 14, F -- The Angels and Orioles provided some fireworks at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in advance of the 4th by combining for eleven home runs. Baltimore scored in every inning but the fifth, while O’s starter Mike Mussina picked up the win despite surrendering five home runs. Jeffrey Hammonds and Tim Salmon both hit two homers, with Rafael Palmeiro and Cal Ripken hitting two-run shots each.moreless
    • May 17, 1979: Philadelphia Phillies 23 at Chicago Cubs 22, F/10 -- The Windy City was certainly living up to its name on this mid-May afternoon at Wrigley. The gusty forces blowing through the friendly confines of the quaint old park insured that, as shortstop Larry Bowa recalled, "no lead was safe." So leaving the ballpark or shutting off the television after the Phillies jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the top of the first was a grave mistake. The Cubs came right back with six in the bottom half of the inning, and baseball's second-most offensive game was underway. Eleven home runs, 50 hits and 97 total bases... and the Cubs and Phillies still needed a 10th inning to settle the score. When the dust from the players circling the bases finally settled, the Phils dragged their tired bodies out of Wrigley Field with a 23-22 win. The game had a symmetry to it: Mike Schmidt started it all, driving in the first runs with a three run shot in the first; then closing it out with the game-winning RBI in the 10th. Dave "King Kong" Kingman smacked three homers in the loss.moreless
    • October 26, 1997: 1997 World Series, Game 7: Cleveland Indians 2 at Florida Marlins 3, F/11 -- At first, the 1997 World Series between the powerful Cleveland Indians and the upstart Marlins seemed as if it would be memorable only because it marked the first time a wild-card team made it to the big dance. But as Florida's Craig Counsell touched home plate to end only the third extra-inning Game 7 in Major League history, it became clear that the two teams had played in a modern classic that was as memorable as any of the great Series-ending contests in Octobers past.moreless
    • October 27, 1986: 1986 World Series, Game 7: Boston Red Sox 5 at New York Mets 8, F -- Both teams were facing their final game in one of the most dramatic postseasons ever: the Mets finally triumphant in an epic NLCS vs. the Houston Astros; the Red Sox fighting the "Curse of the Bambino" and the California Angels in the ALCS… and of course both clubs coming directly off the heels of the infamous "Bill Buckner" Game 6. And so the 1986 season for all the marbles came down to this final game at a packed and raucous Shea Stadium. A rainout of the originally-scheduled Game 7 the day before allowed the pressure to build for another 24 hours. Boston jumped out to a 3-0 lead; the Mets tied it four innings later, and built the lead in the 7th and 8th innings, including a home run by Darryl Strawberry and an RBI by closer Jesse Orosco. Indeed, it was Orosco's 1-2-3 ninth inning, and his subsequent flinging of arms and glove into the air that became the iconic image for these '86 Mets and their Championship season, and another defeat for the long-suffering Red Sox and their fans. Of course, it could not be known at the time, but this was the last World Series game the Sox would lose in 20 years; they swept to Championships in 2004 and 2007. At the time, however, it was a heart-stopping end to one of the classic postseasons in baseball history.moreless
    • 1989 NLCS, Game 1: Giants at Cubs
      October 4, 1989: 1989 NLCS, Game 1: San Francisco Giants 11 at Chicago Cubs 3, F -- Giants first baseman Will Clark lived up to his nickname of "The Thrill," going 4-for-4 with six RBIs as the Giants crushed the Cubs in the opener of San Francisco's second NLCS appearance in three years. Facing 23-year-old Greg Maddux in the right-hander's first postseason appearance, Clark launched two homers, including a massive grand slam in the fourth inning, giving the Cubs a sour start to just their second postseason trip since 1945.moreless
    • October 15, 1988: 1988 World Series, Game 1: Oakland Athletics 4 at Los Angeles Dodgers 5, F -- The Dodgers, already serious underdogs against the A's and Bash Brothers Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, are given even less of a chance with injured star Kirk Gibson on the shelf. Canseco's second-inning grand slam gives Oakland a 4-3 lead until the bottom of the ninth, when dominating closer Dennis Eckersley comes on to finish it up. But with the tying run on first, Gibson limps up to pinch hit and makes World Series history with a spine-tingling, game-winning two-run homer in his only at-bat of the Series.moreless
    • 10/9/96
      October 9, 1996: 1996 ALCS, Game 1: Baltimore Orioles 4 at New York Yankees 5, F -- Home-field advantage took on new meaning in Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS as the Yankees earned the upper hand in the series. With the Orioles holding a 4-3 lead going to the bottom of the eighth, fate - in the form of 12-year-old Yankee fan Jeffrey Maier - intervened. Yankee rookie Derek Jeter led off the inning with a fly ball to right field, and Orioles right fielder Tony Tarasco appeared to have it measured for the catch, but Maier reached out and snatched it away and over the fence. Bernie Williams led off the bottom of the 11th with a homer off Orioles closer Randy Myers to lift the Yankees to the win.moreless
    • October 9, 2005: 2005 NLDS Game 4: Atlanta Braves 6 at Houston Astros 7, F/18 -- The 2005 Houston Astros needed just about everyone on their 40-man roster to land their Wild Card berth, so it is also fitting that the heroics came from a melting pot of Astros players. The Braves were ahead 6-1 in the eighth, when Lance Berkman launched a grand slam, followed by a game-tying solo shot by Brad Ausmus in the 9th. The second half of the game included three innings of relief by Roger Clemens, appearing as a pinch-hitter in the 15th, and pitching in relief for only the second time in his career (and appearing this time only because the Astros were out of pitchers). The collective efforts in this epic drama will be remembered for many things, the least of which is the fact that it was the longest postseason game in Major League history. It is also the only postseason game to include two grand slams, Berkman's and Adam LaRoche's. Even more remarkable than that, perhaps, is the fact that the fan who caught Chris Burke's game-winning walk-off homer in the 18th was, in fact, the same fan who had caught Berkman's grand slam in the eighth; the fan later donated both balls to the Baseball Hall of Fame.moreless
    • 5/14/96: Dwight Gooden's No-Hitter
      May 14, 1996: Seattle Mariners 0 at New York Yankees 2, F -- Amid ongoing mound troubles and worries back home over his father's impending heart surgery, New York Yankees pitcher Dwight "Doc" Gooden was the one operating that night in Yankee Stadium. In the first inning, Seattle shortstop Alex Rodriguez smashed a drive to center field, but Yankee outfielder Gerald Williams made a sensational over-the-shoulder grab. The play would loom large as Gooden piled up the outs, striking out five while walking six. Facing the heart of the Mariners' lineup in the ninth and way past a reasonable 100-pitch count, some folks wondered whether Gooden would have enough gas to get over the finish line. Manager Joe Torre left him in, and Doc got Ken Griffey, Jr. to bounce out, Jay Buhner to strike out, and Paul Sorrento to pop up. Finally, 135 pitches deep, his teammates carried the emotional and exhausted former Rookie of the Year and Cy Young winner off the field to the cheers of the more than 31,000 fans at Yankee Stadium.moreless
    • 7/24/83: The Pine Tar Game
      July 24, 1983: Kansas City Royals 5 at New York Yankees 4 F -- When the Royals visited Yankee Stadium in late July of 1983, everyone assumed that the Independence Day celebrations were over. However, George Brett provided some fireworks of his own with a controversial game-winning home run off of Yankee closer Goose Gossage. When home plate umpire Tim McClelland declared Brett out due to an excessive amount of pine tar on his bat, the Royals superstar flipped his lid and ignited a brouhaha that took nearly a month to settle. When the dust cleared, Brett's home run was allowed, although it wasn't until August that the two teams could finally complete the contest and make the "Pine Tar Game" part of history.moreless
    • 2008 NLDS, Game 3: Cubs at Dodgers
      October 4, 2008: 2008 NLDS, Game 3, Chicago Cubs 1 at Los Angeles Dodgers 3, F -- The Dodgers hadn't won a postseason series in 20 years and hadn't swept one in 45 years. The Cubs, well, they measure futility by the century. "It was a series of jinxes," said Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, "and something had to give." The Dodgers gave it to the Cubs, all right. Hiroki Kuroda threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings while James Loney and Russell Martin drove in the runs in a 3-1 Dodgers win that swept the Cubs and their Billy Goat Curse right out of the best-of-five National League Division Series.moreless
    • October 26, 1996: 1996 World Series, Game 6: Atlanta Braves 2 at New York Yankees 3, F -- Having blown a two-games-to-none lead in the series, the Braves needed a win to stay alive. But the Yanks broke through early, scoring three runs in the third inning off ace Greg Maddux. After a Joe Girardi triple got things rolling, Bernie Williams provided a single that scored Derek Jeter with the winning run in the Series' decisive contest. Jimmy Key and a strong Yankee bullpen held off Atlanta, closing things out when Charlie Hayes squeezed Mark Lemke's foul pop for the final out and the end of a dramatic series.moreless
    • October 27, 1999: 1999 World Series, Game 4, Atlanta Braves 1 at NY Yankees 4, F -- The Yankees became the first team to sweep consecutive World Series in 60 years -- since the DiMaggio Yankees did it to the Cubs and Reds in 1938-39 - when they beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 in Yankee Stadium. After a regular season filled with personal tragedies and illnesses, the final game of the decade saw 56,752 fans cheer on Roger Clemens for seven-plus innings as the future Hall of Famer allowed just one run, then sat back and watched as Mariano Rivera finished-off Atlanta and helped the Rocket earn his first World Series title.moreless
    • October 11, 1986: 1986 NLCS, Game 3: Houston Astros 5 at New York Mets 6, F -- Game 3 in a series tied 1-1 are always critical momentum changers. Mets starter Ron Darling was shaky early, allowing four runs in the first two innings, but settled down after that. The Mets got back into the game in the 6th, tying it on Darryl Strawberry’s three-run shot. Ray Knight committed the Mets' only error of the series in the 7th, allowing the Astros to regain the lead, 5-4, and it stayed that way until the bottom of the 9th. With Astros' closer Dave Smith on the mound, Wally Backman bunted his way on, benefiting from a controversial runner-out-of-the-baseline call. He advanced to second on a passed ball, but it would not matter. One batter later, up stepped fan favorite, firebrand Lenny "Nails" Dykstra, who struck out in his first at-bat as a pinch-hitter in the 7th. Not known as a power hitter, Nails got ahold of one and enjoyed the two-run walk-off, as the Mets took the game 6-5, and lead in the series, 2-1.moreless
    • October 14, 1965: 1965 World Series, Game 7: Los Angeles Dodgers 2 at Minnesota Twins 0, F -- With a league-leading 26 wins, 2.04 ERA and a then-record 382 strikeouts, Sandy Koufax was unquestionably the best pitcher in all of baseball. But with an advancing case of arthritis in his golden left arm, every breathtaking outing was countered by hours of treatment to keep the barely tolerable pain at bay. Once again, the light-hitting Dodgers had latched on to the most prized pitcher in baseball to carry them into the World Series, and once again, they were forced to rely on heavy innings from their ace to give them a fighting chance. After over 335 innings of labor in the regular season, it looked like the forces of nature finally caught up with number 32, as he lost Game 2 to the Minnesota Twins. But Koufax bounced back with a shutout victory in Game 5, and was handed the ball for the Series clincher in Minneapolis after only two days of rest. His counterpart on the mound was big southpaw Jim Kaat, whose job in the Series was to keep up with the Dodger ace. The 18-game winner had beaten Koufax in Game 2, then been on the receiving end of the Game 5 shutout. The World Championship depended on which left arm could deliver the best punch.moreless
    • October 21, 2004: 2004 NLCS, Game 7: Houston Astros 2 at St. Louis Cardinals 5, F -- Scott Rolen blasted a two-run homer in the sixth inning to provide the go-ahead runs and Jeff Suppan threw six strong innings to lead St. Louis into its first World Series since 1987.
    • October 2, 1978: 1978 AL East Playoff: New York Yankees 5 at Boston Red Sox 4, F -- For two bitter rivals, it all came down to this one-game showdown at historic Fenway Park. The winner would earn a trip to the ALCS against the Kansas City Royals; the loser would go home with 99 wins, and nothing to show for them. The Yankees, who had mounted one of the most memorable comebacks in baseball history (trailing the AL East-leading Red Sox by 14 games in mid-July), sent wiry lefty Ron Guidry and his 24-3 record out to the mound against former teammate Mike Torrez. Reggie Jackson homered and an unorthodox, but key, defensive play by Lou Piniella in left field are both often overlooked, as it was the home run by the light-hitting shortstop Bucky Dent that provided the unexpected muscle to power the Yankees into the postseason.moreless
    • 4/5/93: The Florida Marlins' First Game
      April 5, 1993: Los Angeles Dodgers 3 at Florida Marlins 6, F -- The Marlins won their first Opening Day ever, on April 5, 1993, against the Dodgers. Jeff Conine went 4-4 in this game, making him an immediate crowd favorite, and by the end of his tenure with Florida, he would earn the nickname "Mr. Marlin."moreless
    • October 26, 2005: 2005 World Series, Game 4: Chicago White Sox 1 at Houston Astros 0, F -- Neither Houston starter Brandon Backe nor White Sox hurler Freddy Garcia allowed many scoring opportunities during their seven scoreless innings apiece. Backe gave up five hits and struck out seven, including five straight in the fourth and fifth innings. Garcia allowed four hits and walked three, one intentionally, while striking out seven. But the game's lone run came in the eighth, with two outs, off Houston closer Brad Lidge. Pinch-hitter Willie Harris, opened the frame with a two-strike single to left and was sacrificed to second by Scott Podsednik. Pinch-hitter Carl Everett's ground ball to second moved Harris to third. And a ground single up the middle from Jermaine Dye, the World Series Most Valuable Player, moved the White Sox one step closer to history. It was Dye's third hit of the game. "The offense really did its job during the playoff run," said White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker of the one-run victory. "But wasn't this just a perfect way for the White Sox to get the final victory?" Cliff Politte and Neal Cotts pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth by retiring Morgan Ensberg and pinch-hitter Jose Vizcaino, as Juan Uribe gunned down Vizcaino by one-half step with the tying run on third. Bobby Jenks finished off the White Sox eighth straight victory of the postseason in the ninth, as Uribe came through once again. The slick-fielding shortstop grabbed pinch-hitter Orlando Palmeiro's broken-bat grounder up the middle and once again nailed the runner by inches at first for the final out. Uribe's defensive gem set off a wild celebration on the Minute Maid Park field and among the Chicago faithful in the stands.moreless
    • 2008 ALDS, Game 4: Rays at White Sox
      October 6, 2008: 2008 ALDS, Game 4, Tampa Bay Rays 6 at Chicago White Sox 2, F -- The home-team White Sox urged their fans to stage a "blackout" at U.S. Cellular Field for Game 4 -- meaning that everyone was to show up wearing Sox-friendly black. And so it was that a black-clad crowd of 40,454 watched as the Rays took an early lead on B.J. Upton's two solo home runs in the 1st and 3rd innings, augmented by Carlos Pena's RBI singles in the 6th and 7th. Righty reliever Grant Balfour struck out Ken Griffey, Jr. to end the game, and give the Rays their 100th win of the season, and their first postseason series win in franchise history.moreless
    • October 21, 1980: 1980 World Series, Game 6: Kansas City Royals 1 at Philadelphia Phillies 4, F -- With the Phillies just one tantalizing out away from a Championship, Tug McGraw got ahead on Willie Wilson, then struck him out swinging at a 1-2 fastball. McGraw threw his arms up, his teammates jumped all over each other, and the franchise had its first baseball championship.moreless
    • October 27, 2002: 2002 World Series, Game 7: San Francisco Giants 1 at Anaheim Angels 4, F -- Anaheim completed its magical run to the top of the sport with a 4-1 win over the San Francisco Giants in Game 7 before 44,598 at Edison Field. Third baseman Troy Glaus, who batted .385 with three homers and eight RBIs, was named series MVP. The Angels won the Series, four games to three, bringing the World Series trophy to Anaheim for the first time in the 41-year history of the franchise.moreless
    • October 17, 1999: 1999 NLCS, Game 5, Atlanta Braves 3 at NY Mets 4, F/15 -- At five hours and 46 minutes, it is one of the longest games in postseason history -- but this Shea Stadium classic is well worth the wait. Facing elimination, the Mets hang on against the rival Braves until the 15th inning, when the bases fill up for Robin Ventura. Ventura, hitless thus far in the series, belts a grand slam into the right-field seats ... or does he? Because he is mobbed before he even reaches second base, Ventura's game-winner is scored a single.moreless
    • October 12, 1986: 1986 ALCS, Game 5: Boston Red Sox 7 at California Angels 6, F/11 -- The Angels needed only one more out to earn their first World Series appearance, but it was the Red Sox who had destiny on their side. Angels closer Donnie Moore pushed Dave Henderson and the Red Sox one strike away from elimination, but Henderson earned redemption for an earlier fielding miscue by hitting Moore's second 2-2 pitch over the left-field fence to give the Red Sox a 6-5 lead. The Angels tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, but Henderson's sacrifice fly off Moore in the eleventh gave the Red Sox the lead and they went on to win the series in seven games.moreless
    • 1997 ALCS, Game 3: Orioles at Indians
      October 11, 1997: 1997 ALCS, Game 3: Baltimore Orioles 1 at Cleveland Indians 2, F/12 -- Mike Mussina spun a gem for the Orioles, striking out an LCS-record 15 through seven innings, but veteran Orel Hershiser matched him zero-for-zero. The stellar starters were long gone by the 12th inning, though (and the were bullpens close to depletion) when the Tribe threatened. With two outs and a man on first, the winning run stood at third base in the person of the speedy Marquis Grissom. Indians' manager Mike Hargrove called for the squeeze bunt from Omar Vizquel. On a 2-1 Randy Meyers pitch, Grissom broke toward home and Vizquel bunted at the ball, which went rolling away from Baltimore catcher Lenny Webster, allowing the run to score. Despite heated arguments from O's manager Davey Jones and Cal Ripken, it was ruled that Vizquel did not foul it off and Webster was charged with a passed ball, giving the Indians the victory and a 2-1 series lead.moreless
    • 2001 ALDS, Game 3: Yankees at A's
      October 13, 2001: 2001 ALDS, Game 3, NY Yankees 1 at Oakland A's 0, F -- With their backs against the wall for the first time since 1997, the Yankees traveled to Oakland one loss away from elimination. A's starter Barry Zito stifled the Yanks through four innings, until Jorge Posada belted a solo homer in the fifth. Mike Mussina also pitched a gem, the key turning point coming on a bang-bang play in the bottom of the 7th, when Terrence Long drilled a ball into the right field corner. Yankee right fielder Shane Spencer fielded and threw toward the plate, where Jeremy Giambi was trying to score from first without sliding. Shortstop Derek Jeter, up the first base line, cut the throw off and executed a backhanded flip to Posada, who tagged Giambi out, 9-6-2. The eye-popping play preserved the lead, ended the inning, and turned the Series momentum the Yankees' way.moreless
    • October 29, 2008: 2008 World Series, Game 5, Tampa Bay Rays 3 at Philadelphia Phillies 4, F -- The Phillies led the Series 3-1 when Game 5 got underway on Monday, October 27. For the third consecutive game, the Phils scored in the first inning, this time on Shane Victorino's bases-loaded two-run single. The Rays got a run back in the fourth and tied it up in the sixth, as the weather grew increasingly worse. By the mid-sixth, the "infield was basically underwater," Chase Utley observed. Rain continued through Tuesday, so the tie game resumed on Wednesday evening, in bottom of the sixth, and the Phils wasted no time taking the lead 3-2. The Rays got the run right back on Rocco Baldelli's solo home run. In the bottom of the seventh, the Phils got the last run they would need on a single by Pedro Feliz, taking a 4-3 lead that closer Brad Lidge guarded, ending the Rays own worst-to-first fairy tale and giving Philadelphia a championship for the first time in twenty-eight years.moreless
    • May 19, 2008: Kansas City Royals 0 at Boston Red Sox 7, F -- If only all the spectators and teammates who reveled in Jon Lester's magical Monday night at Fenway Park could have seen the way it started. There the left-hander was in the bullpen warming up with catcher Jason Varitek, and he had nothing. How was he going to thrive against the Royals when it seemed like all his pitches had stayed home? As it turns out, Lester knows a thing or two about perseverance. And on this night, he stayed the course well enough to throw a no-hitter, the 18th in the history of the Red Sox. "If you all saw my bullpen [session] today, it wasn't pretty," said Lester. "You would have thought I wouldn't have gotten out of the first inning. It was terrible. I got out in the game and I've always been a slow starter. If I can get through the first, second, third, sometimes the fourth inning and be doing all right, then usually I can do all right into the game and get stronger. That was the case. I just felt more comfortable with my delivery, more comfortable with the stuff I was throwing." With each passing inning, Lester (two walks, nine strikeouts) became filthier and filthier. It all came to a jubilant end when Lester blew a 94-mph heater -- his 130th pitch of the night -- by Alberto Callaspo. Just like that, the 7-0 victory was complete, so was Lester's no-no, not to mention the first complete game and the first shutout of his career.moreless
    • October 2, 1968: 1968 World Series, Game 1: Detroit Tigers 0 at St. Louis Cardinals 4, F -- 1968 was frequently called "The Year of the Pitcher," and that season, few were more dominant than Cards' ace Bob Gibson. The menacing Gibby was in peak form in Game 1, as the NL MVP and Cy Young winner matched up against Tigers' ace Denny McLain, whose 31 regular-season wins were the most since 1931. Gibson was at his best against the Tigers' best hitters, striking out Al Kaline and Norm Cash three times each, and fanned 17 to set a World Series record, steam-rolling to a five-hit shutout.moreless
    • 9/14/08: Carlos Zambrano's No-Hitter
      September 14, 2008: Chicago Cubs 5 at Houston Astros 0, F -- Carlos Zambrano, sidelined by a sore arm, was making his first start in 12 days. But instead of taking the mound in Houston, where the game was originally scheduled, the big righty found himself on the hill in Milwaukee. It was a rare-neutral site MLB game, made necessary by Hurricane Ike, which had hit the Houston area days before. And from the first pitch to the last, the big right-hander consistently hit 99 mph with his fastball, and dominated a previously red-hot Astros lineup from start to finish in a remarkable 110-pitch outing. He struck out a season-high 10 and walked just one. Only two balls left the infield all night, and there were no close calls or spectacular plays needed to save him. Amazingly, Zambrano said he was thinking of a no-hitter from the start, knowing he had the stuff to get it done. Entering the ninth having thrown only 99 pitches, Zambrano was still on fire. When he got Darin Erstad to chase a split-finger pitch for strike three, the ballpark erupted into a celebratory frenzy. It was the Big Z's first no-hitter, and the first by a Cubs pitcher in 36 years, and the first at a neutral site, in front of a very pro-Cubs crowd of 23,441 at Miller Park.moreless
    • October 21, 1975: 1975 World Series, Game 6: Cincinnati Reds 6 at Boston Red Sox 7, F/12 -- Home runs by rookie Fred Lynn, pinch-hitter Bernie Carbo and the Reds' George Foster made this back-and-forth affair a World Series game to remember through nine innings. Then Carlton Fisk waved, prayed, cajoled and otherwise willed his home run fair down the left-field line in the 12th, making this one of the most memorable games of all-time.moreless
    • 9/2/90: Dave Steib's No-Hitter
      September 2, 1990: Toronto Blue Jays 3 at Cleveland Indians 0, F -- Dave Stieb has always been good enough to throw a no-hitter... just never lucky enough. The author of five one-hitters since 1988, the 12-year veteran had taken a no-hitter into the 9th inning on four separate occasions over the last two years. On this day in early September, Stieb was fully in control, striking out nine Indians and walking four. In fact, the Indians didn't even come close to a hit. In addition to finally bagging his own personal white whale, Stieb got his second shutout and complete game of the year, striking out the side in the third and sixth innings. The no-hitter was the first against Cleveland since Dean Chance of the Minnesota Twins pitched one on Aug. 25, 1967, and the ninth no-hitter of the 1990 MLB season, a modern day baseball record.moreless
    • 6/28/07: Craig Biggio's 3,000th Hit
      June 28, 2007: Colorado Rockies 5 at Houston Astros 8, F /11 -- In a game that will be remembered for Craig Biggio becoming the 27th player in Major League history to collect his 3,000th career hit, it was actually hit No. 3,002 that proved to be the most important. With the Astros trailing by a run and down to their final strike in the bottom of the 11th inning against Colorado closer Brian Fuentes, Biggio slowly tapped a pitch to third base and hustled down the line, narrowly beating the throw to first for an infield single and keeping the inning alive. Three batters later, Carlos Lee hit a walk-off grand slam to the Crawford Boxes, giving the Astros an improbable 8-5 come-from-behind victory over Colorado and ending one of the most memorable regular-season games in franchise history with a flourish.moreless
    • October 15, 1970: 1970 World Series, Game 5: Cincinnati Reds 3 at Baltimore Orioles 9, F -- After a rocky first inning, Cuellar silenced the Reds over the final eight frames to earn a complete game, six-hit victory. Cuellar was backed by home runs by Frank Robinson and Merv Rettenmund, which highlighted a nine-run, 15-hit onslaught that saw every Baltimore position but Brooks Robinson either score or drive in a run. Although Robinson was quiet with the bat, his two diving stops to rob Lee May in the fourth inning, and Johnny Bench in the ninth, capped his one-man highlight reel. With the series win, the Orioles were able to amend for their humbling defeat the hands of the New York Mets in the 1969 World Series and take their second title in five seasons.moreless
    • October 7, 1952: 1952 World Series, Game 7: New York Yankees 4 at Brooklyn Dodgers 2, F -- Gene Woodling and Mickey Mantle homered, and Billy Martin made a game-saving grab of an infield popup gone awry, as the Yankees recovered from a three game to two deficit to win their fourth of five straight World Series, in seven games over the Brooklyn Dodgers. Mantle's homer in the sixth gave the Yankees the lead for good, and an insurance run in the seventh made it 4-2. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the inning, Jackie Robinson hit a high pop up that Yankees first baseman Joe Collins appeared to lose it in the sun. But Martin charged in from second base to snatch the ball at his shoe tops to end the inning and snuff out the Dodgers' last threat as the Yankees secured the championship.moreless
    • October 31, 2001: 2001 World Series, Game 4: Arizona Diamondbacks 3 at New York Yankees 4, F/10 -- Under a full moon on Halloween night, the Yankees pulled off one of the most spectacular and dramatic comebacks in history. Arizona ace Curt Schilling -- starting on three days rest for the first time in his career -- was solid through seven innings, giving way to closer Byung-Hyun Kim in the 8th. Kim retired the next five batters, and the D-backs were just one out away from taking a commanding 3-1 Series lead. Cue Yankee magic: Tino Martinez, 0-for-9 to this point, clobbers the first pitch for a ninth-inning, two-out, two run blast to tie the game, 3-3. Mariano Rivera retired the side in the 10th, and neatly set the stage for Derek Jeter's dramatic walk-off home run in the bottom of the inning. The ball flew out of the park and into a jubilant Yankee Stadium crowd just as the clock crept past midnight, instantly earning Jeter the moniker Mr. November.moreless
    • September 11, 1985: San Deigo Padres 0 at Cincinnati Reds 2, F -- The suspense ended early, as Pete Rose rapped a first-inning single to center off Padres' starter Eric Show to pass Ty Cobb as baseball's all-time hit king with 4,192 base hits, a record 24 years in the making. Over his two-decade-plus year career, "Charlie Hustle" topped the 200-hit plateau seven times, recorded the longest hitting streak in baseball since Joe DiMaggio's 56-gamer in 1941 with a 44-game streak in 1977, and played in six World Series.moreless
    • October 17, 1978: 1978 World Series, Game 6: New York Yankees 7 at Los Angeles Dodgers 2, F -- Game 6 turned out to be grand finale for the unlikely heroic duo of Bucky Dent and Brian Doyle. Davey Lopes gave the Dodger home crowd a ray of hope with a leadoff home run off Catfish Hunter. Dent and Doyle put the Yankees ahead in the second; Doyle with a two-run double, Dent with an RBI single. Lopes had an RBI single in the third to cut it to 3-2, but that would be it for the Dodgers. Dent and Doyle pushed the score to 5-2 in the sixth with RBI singles and Reggie Jackson put the final nail in the coffin with a tremendous two-run blast in the seventh off his Game 2 nemesis, Bob Welch. Dent would be named World Series MVP, batting .417 with 10 hits, 7 RBI, and 3 runs scored. Doyle would make a claim for the MVP himself with a .438 average, 7 hits, 2 RBI, and 4 runs. While Lopes had a monster series with three homers and seven RBIs and Bill Russell had 11 hits, the Dodgers' power hitters and their lack of production was their downfall. Steve Garvey (5-for-24, no RBIs) was no factor, and neither were Dusty Baker (5 for 21, one RBI) or Ron Cey (no RBIs after Game 2). Closer Rich "Goose" Gossage blanked the Dodgers for the final two innings, as Captain Thurman Munson caught the final out of the game on a foul pop by Ron Cey. Sadly, this would be the final post-season game of Munson's career before his death during the 1979 season.moreless
    • 1984 ALCS, Game 3: Royals at Tigers
      October 5, 1984: 1984 ALCS, Game 3: Kansas City Royals 0 at Detroit Tigers 1, F -- After cruising to victories in Games 1 and 2 of the 1984 ALCS, the Tigers returned home in hopes of clinching a Series berth in front of 52,168 fans. It would take everything they had; however, as Kansas City's Charlie Leibrandt matched Detroit's Milt Wilcox and Willie Hernandez pitch for pitch in a game that saw each team round up just three hits. In the end, an early inning score would be all Wilcox and Hernandez needed as they shutout the Royals 1-0, allowing the Tigers to advance to the World Series.moreless
    • September 6, 1995: California Angels 2 at Baltimore Orioles 4, F -- They called it the record that could never be broken. But Cal Ripken, Baltimore Orioles superstar, came to work for the 2,131st straight day, surpassing one of baseball's most mythic records. When the game vs. California became official in the 5th inning, Cal had officially overtaken Lou Gehrig as baseball's all-time Iron Man. Truly one of baseball's most magical moments.moreless
    • October 16, 2003: 2003 ALCS, Game 7: Boston Red Sox 5 at New York Yankees 6, F/11 -- All that was on the line was a trip to the World Series. The starting pitchers? Merely two of the greats of their generation in Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez, who brought a combined nine Cy Young Awards into this epic showdown. The teams? Just the Red Sox and Yankees, epic rivals for decades upon decades. When they met for Game 7 of the American League Championship Series at a juiced-up Yankee Stadium on the night of October 16, it seemed impossible that the Red Sox and Yankees could live up to a game that was hyped like few others. True enough, it didn't live up to the hype. Instead, it was even better than advertised.moreless
    • October 18, 1977: 1977 World Series, Game 6: Los Angeles Dodgers 4 at New York Yankees 8, F -- In a performance as legendary as any Yankee great before him, Reggie Jackson blasted three consecutive home runs on three pitches against three different Dodger hurlers (Burt Hooton, Elias Sosa and Charlie Hough) into the frenzied Stadium throng. It was his defining moment in pinstripes; a dramatic performance that won over the fans, his teammates, (including captain Thurman Munson, with whom he'd had a tumultuous relationship since Reggie claimed he was "the straw that stirred the drink" even before he arrived in New York) and helped justify his self-styled nickname, "Mr. October." His three home runs in one game -- accomplished twice by Babe Ruth -- and five total HRs were both World Series records.moreless
    • 2007 NLDS, Game 3: Diamondbacks at Cubs
      October 6, 2007: 2007 NLDS, Game 3: Arizona Diamondbacks 5 at Chicago Cubs 1, F -- Arizona took an early lead as Chris Young belted a leadoff homer, then lived behind Livan Hernandez, who tossed six gutsy innings. The D-backs defense chipped in four timely double plays, as they completed the sweep of the Cubs.moreless
    • October 19, 2008: 2008 ALCS, Game 7: Boston Red Sox 1 at Tampa Bay Rays 3, F -- Akinori Iwamura stabbed Jed Lowrie's bad-hop grounder, had a moment of indecision about whether to flip the ball to shortstop Jason Bartlett, then he headed to second base. Once his foot touched down on the bag for the force out, the Rays were headed to the World Series, led by American League Championship Series MVP Matt Garza. A raucous celebration on and off the field followed saw Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg presented the William Harridge trophy for winning the American League pennant. Iwamura moved across the top of the Rays' dugout, slapping palms with fans, and most of the crowd of 40,473 remained in the building, still standing and cheering for their team.moreless
    • 2008 NLDS, Game 4: Phillies at Brewers
      October 5, 2008: 2008 NLDS, Game 4, Philadelphia Phillies 6 at Milwaukee Brewers 2, F -- Perhaps the only noticeable phenomenon amid the earsplitting roar of nearly 44,000 ThunderStix was the moment they stopped thundering. The instant Pat Burrell smacked a belt-high fastball through the controlled temperature of Miller Park in the third inning, the atmosphere became controlled, too. Subdued, even. The roar from those wanting an inning-ending out fell eerily silent. What they got was a three-run home run (adding to Jimmy Rollins' lead-off solo shot), and a Phils 4-0 lead. When Jayson Werth followed with another homer, the thunder transformed to boos, then resignation. By the end of the inning, those in the building "just knew." Burrell followed with a second home run in the eighth (and became only the second Phillies hitter in history to hit two home runs in a playoff game, the other being Lenny Dykstra), and the Phils offense had awoke with the loudest of claps, as they pounded the playoff-tested Jeff Suppan and the Brewers, 6-2, and earned the right to advance the NL Championship Series against the Dodgers, who swept the Cubs in the other NLDS.moreless
    • September 4, 1993: Cleveland Indians 0 at New York Yankees 4, F -- Folks always rooted for Jim Abbott, the one-handed lefty who wanted to be "like Nolan Ryan, not Pete Grey." On this cloudy day in the Bronx he was like his idol, walking only five and allowing no hits... a mere six days after a rough 10-hit, seven-run, 3 1/3 innings start against the same Cleveland Indians lineup.moreless
    • October 25, 1987: 1987 World Series, Game 7: St. Louis Cardinals 2 at Minnesota Twins 4, F -- The 1987 World Series between the Twins and Cardinals brought a whole new meaning to the term "home-field advantage." It marked the first time that the home team won all of its games in a series. It was also the first time that World Series games were played indoors, at Minnesota's Metrodome. Inside were deafening crowds of more than 55,000 screaming fans. The "Homer Hanky" joined the baseball lexicon, as Twins fans waved them with frenzy.moreless
    • 1993 NLCS, Game 6: Braves at Phillies
      October 13, 1993: 1993 NLCS, Game 6: Atlanta Braves 3 at Philadelphia Phillies 6, F -- The 1993 Phillies were known as a blue-collar, hard-working team, led by John Kruk, Darren Daulton, Lenny "Nails" Dykstra, righty ace Curt Schilling and closer Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams. They had finished in last place the year before -- a full 26 games out of first -- but team chemistry fuelled a 97-65 turnaround, and they won the NL East by three games. By contrast, the Atlanta Braves were just launching themselves as "the team of the 90s" (whether that was still true by the end of the 90s is not at issue here), their 104-58 record just enough to edge out the Giants by one game in the NL West in a classic division race. Their rotation was a four-of-a-kind, aces high affair, boasting two 20-game winners in Cy Young winner Gregg Maddux and Tom Glavine, followed closely by Steve Avery and John Smoltz. A postseason-tested Atlanta squad was heavily favored going into the NLCS, but the scrappy Phils had forced the Braves into a position of desperation in Game 6. Game 2 winner Maddux took the hill, but a Mickey Morandini line drive hit him in the leg in the first inning, and he was not himself for the rest of the game. The Phils sprinkled a few two-run innings throughout, and Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams came in to close it out with a perfect 9th, sending the Phillies to the World Series for the first time in ten years. A side note: Curt Schilling won the NL Championship Series MVP with a 1.69 ERA and 19 strikeouts over two starts, becoming the only pitcher in Major League history to win a postseason series MVP without either a decision or a save.moreless
    • October 16, 1983: 1983 World Series, Game 5: Baltimore Orioles 5 at Philadelphia Phillies 0, F -- Eddie Murray hit a pair of homers and Rick Dempsey added a solo shot to back the five-hit pitching of Scott McGregor as the Orioles wrapped up their first World Series title in 13 years with a 5-0 shutout of the Phillies. Murray and Dempsey hit solo homers off Charles Hudson in the 2nd and 3rd innings, and Murray's two-run shot in the 4th broke the game open. Al Bumbry drove in Dempsey in the 5th to set the final margin, and McGregor took over from there. Picking up where he left off in Game 1, when he allowed only two runs in eight innings despite taking the loss, McGregor went the distance, striking out six, as the Orioles wrapped up the championship.moreless
    • 10/19/04
      October 19, 2004: 2004 ALCS, Game 6: Boston Red Sox 4 at New York Yankees 2, F -- They seemed to be clinging onto fading hopes over the weekend at Fenway Park, as the board on the door exiting the Red Sox clubhouse offered a simple message. "We can change history. Believe it!" Simply by riding Curt Schilling's gritty performance and Mark Bellhorn's three-run homer to a 4-2 victory over the Yankees, the Red Sox were in a class all by themselves in the annals of Major League Baseball history. Of the 25 previous teams that trailed a best-of-seven postseason series 3-0, none had ever forced a Game 7. Until now. The Red Sox hopped on Schilling's back, and somehow the big righty's ailing right ankle -- which would be operated on as soon as this season ended -- didn't buckle. "I can't explain to you what a feeling it was to be out there and to feel what I felt," said Schilling, who badly wanted to avenge his subpar loss in Game 1, when the ankle was a hindrance and he gave up six hits and six runs over three innings. Schilling gave the Sox seven clutch innings (four hits, one run, no walks and four strikeouts) on a night the bullpen was positively spent. Closer Keith Foulke, who has been nothing short of heroic in this series, had Sox fans biting their nails by walking Hideki Matsui to open the ninth. He walked Ruben Sierra with two outs, giving Tony Clark a chance to give the Yankees the pennant with one swing. But Foulke, who had thrown 72 pitches in Games 4 and 5, found a way and got Clark swinging on a 3-2 pitch.moreless
    • October 20, 1990: 1990 World Series, Game 4: Cincinnati Reds 2 at Oakland Athletics 1, F -- Just as in 1988, the "Bash Brothers" Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire and the rest of the powerhouse A's were supposed to dominate the Series, this time against the overachieving Reds. But while Oakland ace Dave Stewart was sharp, he could not match Reds' starter Jose Rijo, who allowed just one run and two hits in eight-plus innings. "Nasty Boy" Randy Myers came on for the save, and secured the Reds' improbable World Series sweep over the mighty "Bash Brother-led" A's.moreless
    • October 15, 1986: 1986 NLCS, Game 6: New York Mets 7 at Houston Astros 6, F -- The Mets faced a must-win situation -- unless they wanted to face Astros ace Mike Scott in Game 7. Starter Bob Knepper shut out New York for eight innings before the Mets broke through to tie in the ninth. They finally scored again in the top of the 14th, then watched as the Astros re-tied the game on a Billy Hatcher homer. In the 16th, the Mets pushed across three more runs, but again the Astros fought back. They scored more two runs to draw within one run before Jesse Orosco struck out Kevin Bass to send the exultant and exhausted Mets to the World Series.moreless
    • 6/13/03: Roger Clemens' 300th Win & 4,000th Strikeout
      June 13, 2003: St. Louis Cardinals 2 at New York Yankees 5, F -- On this night of interleague play, where the Yankees met the Cardinals in a meaningful game for the first time since the 1964 World Series, Roger Clemens gained entrance into not one, but two of the most exclusive clubs in sports. The Rocket became the 21st pitcher in Major League history to win 300 games, and only the third to strike out 4,000 batters in a 5-2 victory in front of a sold-out crowd at Yankee Stadium.moreless
    • 1982 ALCS, Game 5: Angels at Brewers
      October 10, 1982: 1982 ALCS, Game 5: California Angels 3 at Milwaukee Brewers 4, F -- The California Angels had jumped out to a 2-0 series lead in the five-game ALCS, then proceeded to lose three games in a row to the powerful Brewers. The team's prolific offense, led by Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Gorman Thomas, Cecil Cooper and Ben Oglivie (who led the league in home runs, along with the Angels' Reggie Jackson), had earned them the nickname "Harvey's Wallbangers," a play on their manager Harvey Kuenn. In the final game of the series, the Angels took a quick 1-0 lead in the first on a double by Brian Downing and a single by Fred Lynn. The Brew Crew quickly tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Molitor doubled and eventually came home on a sacrifice fly by Ted Simmons. The score continued to see-saw through the 4th, settling on a 3-2 Angels' lead. All remained quiet until the bottom of the 7th, when Milwaukee loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, and Cecil Cooper's two-run single that put the Brewers ahead 4-3. Milwaukee pitching allowed just one hit over the final four innings, and the Wallbangers advanced to the World Series for the first time in franchise history.moreless
    • 4/15/87: Juan Nieves's No-Hitter
      April 15, 1987: Milwaukee Brewers 7 at Baltimore Orioles 0, F -- Juan Nieves wrote the story and Robin Yount supplied the exclamation mark to one of the most exciting games in Brewers history. Nieves became the first Brewer and the first Puerto Rican-born Major Leaguer to toss a no-hitter when he blanked the Orioles on a cold night at Memorial Stadium, a game that ended on center fielder Yount's now-legendary catch of an Eddie Murray line drive in right-center field.moreless
    • 1978 NLCS, Game 4: Phillies at Dodgers
      October 7, 1978: 1978 NLCS, Game 4: Philadelphia Phillies 3 at Los Angeles Dodgers 4, F/10 -- These two teams had met the year before in the NLCS, and the LA won the Series, 3-1. Now Philadelphia found themselves in the same spot, backs against the wall, facing elimination in Game 4. The game see-sawed through nine innings, with the Dodgers striking first in the 2nd inning on a Ron Cey double and a Dusty Baker RBI. "The Bull," Greg Luzinski, answered with a two-run homer in the next inning, putting the Phillies ahead, 2-1. Cey hit a solo shot in the 4th, tying the game and Steve Garvey launched his fourth home run of the series in the 6th inning, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 lead. Philly got that run right back, tying it 3-3 on Bake McBride's homer in the 7th… and so it stayed, into the 10th inning. Phillies closer Tug McGraw, in his second inning of work, retired the first two batters, and then surrendered a walk to Cey. Baker lifted a fly to center, where Garry Maddox -- nicknamed "The Secretary of Defense" -- seemed to lose the ball, first starting back, then charging forward, with the ball finally glancing off his glove, leaving Cey on second and Baker on first. The next batter, Bill Russell, lined a base hit to center. Maddox charged, knowing he needed to keep the runner on second from scoring. In his aggressive play, the ball skipped past the eight-time Gold Glove winner, and Cey skipped across with the winning run, an ironic end to the Phillies' season.moreless
    • 2005 ALCS, Game 2: Angels at White Sox
      October 12, 2005: 2005 ALCS, Game 2: Los Angeles Angels 1 at Chicago White Sox 2, F -- Mark Buehrle's complete-game domination might have been overshadowed by the idea that Game 2 of the 2005 ALCS was the night when the White Sox caught one of the biggest breaks in postseason history. With the game tied at 1 in the ninth and Angels reliever Kelvim Escobar slicing and dicing his way through the White Sox lineup, A.J. Pierzynski appeared to swing and miss for Escobar's fifth strikeout in three innings and a trip to bonus baseball. Replays showed Eddings made a motion to the side with his right arm for the swing, and then pumped his hand as to signify the third out. But Pierzynski never heard Eddings call him out, and after taking a step back toward the White Sox dugout, he raced down to first base. Catcher Josh Paul, the former White Sox backstop, who was in the game when starting catcher Jose Molina was run for in the eighth, rolled the ball back toward the field, allowing Pierzynski to reach first without a play. Impassioned pleas from the Angels and manager Mike Scioscia, as well as a check with crew chief Jerry Crawford, followed the play but Pierzynski stayed put. Pablo Ozuna ran for Pierzynski and promptly swiped second base, coming home with the deciding tally on Joe Crede's 0-2 double walk-off the left-field wall, and evened the American League Championship Series at 1-1. In hindsight, it appears to be the moment that catapulted the White Sox into their first World Series appearance in 88 years.moreless
    • 2008 NLCS, Game 5: Phillies at Dodgers
      October 15, 2008: 2008 NLCS, Game 5, Philadelphia Phillies 5 at Los Angeles Dodgers 1, F -- Using a Hollywood script without a surprise ending, the Phillies captured the National League pennant and their first trip to the World Series since 1993. That team lost to the Blue Jays. Never straying from their opportunistic best, the Phillies leapt out when Jimmy Rollins scorched a homer on the game's eighth pitch -- much like he did in the deciding Division Series game against Milwaukee. Rollins' drive to right-center field, the 10th leadoff homer in LCS history, rattled Dodgers righty Chad Billingsley, and the 24-year-old unraveled in the third. Walks to Rollins and Chase Utley followed by two-out RBI singles by Howard and Pat Burrell pushed the lead to 3-0. Billingsley's final act was issuing an intentional walk to new Phillies postseason hero Shane Victorino. With a 1-0 lead and the ball in ace Cole Hamels' sterling left hand, a ticket to the World Series seemed inevitable. Sloppy Dodgers defense, specifically three errors by shortstop Rafael Furcal, led to two unearned runs in the fifth. While Hamels welcomed the support, he was at his dominating best, posting a 1.23 ERA in three postseason starts. He ended each of his final five innings with strikeouts. The final one came on his 104th pitch, and caught Jeff Kent looking, preserving a four-run lead. The Dodgers never had a chance against Hamels, who was named the NLCS MVP. The left-hander bested his Game 1 performance with seven innings of five-hit ball, allowing one run and striking out five. At that moment, the Dodgers had two runners on and Kent could've pulled the Dodgers within a run with one swing. He didn't. Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge handled the final six outs, setting off a celebration that had been coming for 15 years.moreless
    • 7/18/99: David Cone's Perfect Game
      July 18, 1999: Montreal Expos 0 at New York Yankees 6, F -- Before the game, the Yankees honored Yogi Berra, who caught the first pitch from Don Larsen. Almost 43 years earlier, with Berra behind the plate, Larsen pitched a perfect game in the World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers at the stadium. Fast-forward to that July day and it was -- as Berra might put it -- "déjà vu all over again."moreless
    • October 6, 1952: 1952 World Series, Game 6: New York Yankees 3 at Brooklyn Dodgers 2, F -- A classic "Subway Series," old-school style. Leading the Series 3-2, Brooklyn rookie Billy Loes battled Yankee veteran Vic Raschi zero for zero for five complete innings. Duke Snider and Yogi Berra exchanged solo shots in the sixth, and young slugger Mickey Mantle's first career World Series home run extended the lead to 3-1. Snider's second HR of the game drew the Dodgers within a run, but Yankees ace Allie Reynolds relieved Raschi and finished off the 3-2 win to send the Series to a seventh game. The Yankees would win that game the following day, leaving the Dodger faithful to, once again, "Wait 'til next year!"moreless
    • October 14, 1992: 1992 NLCS, Game 7: Pittsburgh Pirates 2 at Atlanta Braves 3, F -- Pittsburgh's ace Doug Drabek was cruising along, holding the Braves scoreless for eight innings, getting out of his only real jam (bases loaded, no out) in the sixth inning. Atlanta's starter, John Smoltz, was similarly solid, with the Pirates scraping together two runs on an Orlando Merced sacrifice fly and an Andy Van Slyke single. The Bucs headed to the 9th inning with a 2-0 lead, just three outs away from the World Series. And that's when it all went wrong. Manager Jim Leyland stuck with Drabek, rather than bringing in a left-hander to pitch to Terry Pendleton and David Justice. Drabek allowed an inning-opening double to Pendleton, and then in what would prove to be a crucial play, normally sure-handed second baseman Jose Lind booted Justice's grounder. A walk to Sid Bream loaded the bases, and closer Stan Belinda finally replaced Drabek. Ron Gant then drove in a run with a warning track sacrifice fly to make it 2-1, and Damon Berryhill walked to reload the bases. Pinch-hitter Brian Hunter popped up to short, and it looked as though Pittsburgh would escape. But pinch-hitter Francisco Cabrera, the last position player on the Atlanta bench, singled to left to score Justice, and Sid Bream, nobody's speedster, tore into a modern "mad dash" (recalling Enos' Slaughter's go-for-broke baserunning play in Game 7 of the 1946 World Series) sliding across home plate just ahead of a skinny Barry Bonds throw. The Braves piled onto Bream at the plate in a famous scene, Fulton County Stadium erupted, and Atlanta went back to the World Series.moreless
    • 1984 NLCS, Game 5: Cubs at Padres
      October 7, 1984: 1984 NLCS, Game 5: Chicago Cubs 3 at San Diego Padres 6, F -- It was the decisive Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. The Cubs had posted the NL's best record that season, and they had stormed out to a 2-0 series lead. But because of an old Major League Baseball rule at that time, the Padres had the home-field advantage and would play the final three games in San Diego because then the advantage simply shifted every other year. So the Padres had proceeded to win the next two at home, and now there was a full house to watch this final act that would send someone completely different into a Fall Classic.moreless
    • October 11, 2003: 2003 ALCS, Game 3: New York Yankees 4 at Boston Red Sox 3, F -- It was billed as a heavyweight bout: Roger Clemens vs. Pedro Martinez. Yankees vs. Red Sox. The game actually exceeded the hype, as New York prevailed, 4-3, at Fenway Park during an evening that included a benches-clearing incident. During the fracas, Martinez knocked down charging Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer.moreless
    • 8/7/99: Wade Boggs's 3,000th Hit
      August 7, 1999: Cleveland Indians 15 at Tampa Bay Rays 10, F -- Just one day after Tony Gwynn had reached the milestone, Wade Boggs was sitting three hits away from 3,000. Fans not sure they were going to witness history that night became restless as he rapped out hits #2,998 and #2,999 early in the game... anticipation was in the air. Boggs then stepped to the plate in the sixth inning and became the first player to join the 3,000 hit club via a home run, when he drilled a Chris Haney pitch to deep right. He celebrated by racing around the bases, pumping his fist in the air, pointing toward the heavens and then kneeling down in front of home plate and giving it a great, big kiss. When he was inducted into Hall of Fame on January 4th, 2005, he said, "I first started thinking about the Hall of Fame on Aug. 7, 1999. That's the first time I felt like I had good enough numbers to qualify for the Hall of Fame."moreless
    • 4/27/03: Kevin Millwood's No-Hitter
      April 27, 2003: San Francisco Giants 0 at Philadelphia Phillies 1, F -- Newly acquired Phillies right-hander Kevin Millwood was only three walks away from perfection, no-hitting one of the most powerful lineups in the National League in the San Francisco Giants. It was the 9th no-hitter in Phils' history, and the final one at Veterans Stadium.moreless
    • October 25, 2003: 2003 World Series, Game 6: Florida Marlins 2 at New York Yankees 0, F/16 -- It took Josh Beckett no time at all to prove his manager right. Pitching on three days' rest, it took Beckett 107 pitches to quiet the naysayers, carry the Marlins to a World Series title and garner Most Valuable Player honors for his effort. Beckett threw the first complete-game shutout in a deciding World Series game in 12 years, beating the New York Yankees, 2-0, to send the home team to its first postseason series loss at Yankee Stadium in 22 years. Beckett was brilliant in two World Series starts. In Game 3 on Oct. 21, he allowed two runs on three hits over 7 1/3 innings and lost. But on Saturday, with it all on the line, he scattered five hits and retired 11 of the final 13 batters he faced. He even recorded the last out, tagging Jorge Posada on a weak chopper down the first-base line. The shutout was the 19th in a World Series-deciding game. Beckett's 47 strikeouts in the postseason tied Randy Johnson (2001) for the all-time record in a single postseason.moreless
    • 5/1/91: Man of Steal: Rickey Henderson's 939th Stolen Base
      May 1, 1991: New York Yankees 4 at Oakland A's 7, F -- 32-year-old Rickey Henderson, a 12-year MLB veteran, was playing in his 1,627th game, 989 less than Lou Brock's 2,616, but was only one stolen base away from Brock's all-time record of 938. It was the middle of the fourth inning, and Rickey Henderson's mom, Reggie Jackson and reigning stolen base king Brock, along with 36,139 fans, were in jammed into the Oakland Coliseum, waiting to witness the once-in-a-lifetime event. Rickey had already reached base on a walk in the first inning, but was gunned down by a perfect throw by Yankees' catcher, Matt Nokes. He had struck out in his second at-bat. Now, Rickey led off the bottom of the 4th inning against Tim Leary, and promptly stung a hard single through the shortstop's legs. With Dave Henderson at the plate, Rickey teased a false start on the 1-0 pitch, and with the count 2-1, Leary attempted a pickoff, which the crowd booed heartily. Then Dave Henderson hit a hard grounder to Randy Velarde deep in the third-base hole, but he could not get either Henderson. Rickey now stood at second, looking greedily at third -- a base he had stolen 215 out of 938 times -- no outs, with the huge right-hander Jose Canseco up. Perfect: Jose blocked a clear path for Nokes to throw down to third. Another pickoff attempt failed and was met with boos. What kind of party pooper was Tim Leary anyway? Canseco popped out, runners stayed put. Up came lefty Harold Baines. Another pickoff attempt booed, and then, on the 1-0 pitch, Rickey made his run for the record books. He slid in safely, and the dust cleared to Rickey holding the 939th bag aloft, beginning his reign as "The Man of Steal." During the on-field ceremonies Brock presented Rickey with a bronze statue and commemorative plaque, and, after thanking God, his mom, the fans, and the late Billy Martin, Rickey proclaimed, "Lou Brock was a symbol of great base stealing. But today, I am the greatest of all time." As a footnote, Rickey doubmoreless
    • 9/8/98
      September 8, 1998: Chicago Cubs 3 at St. Louis Cardinals 6, F -- The single-season home run mark of Roger Maris had stood for 37 years, three seasons longer than Babe Ruth had held it. In the summer of 1998 Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa launched an all-out assault on baseball's most sacred single-season record. Fittingly, Sosa was in right field and Maris' kids were in the stands when McGwire blasted No. 62 over the left field wall to make history.moreless
    • October 8, 1995: 1995 ALDS, Game 5: New York Yankees 5 at Seattle Mariners 6, F/11 -- The Mariners had come back from a 0-2 series deficit to force a deciding Game 5, and were back home in front of a frenzied Safeco crowd with high expectations. Yankees' starter David Cone held a 4-2 lead going into the eighth, but surrendered Ken Griffey Jr.'s fifth homer of the series, and walked in the game-tying run with the bases loaded. Rookie fireballer Mariano Rivera arrived to strike out Mike Blowers to keep the game tied at the end of eight. In the ninth, both Game 3 starters -- Randy Johnson for the M's and Jack McDowell for the Yanks -- came on in relief; both pitched two scoreless innings. When Johnson allowed a run in the 11th, and the Yanks took the field confident with their one-run lead, but Edgar Martinez doubled home two off a tiring McDowell to give the Mariners the series and a ticket to the LCS. It was Don Mattingly's last game.moreless
    • 2002 ALDS, Game 5: Twins at Athletics
      October 6, 2002: 2002 ALDS, Game 5: Minnesota Twins 5 at Oakland Athletics 4, F -- Minnesota got off to a 2-1 lead, and it was a pitchers' duel until the 9th. Twins starter Brad Radke had a gutty performance, going 6 and 2/3 innings and giving up only one run on six hits. Minnesota added three runs in the top of the 9th making it 5-1, but Oakland rallied against Twins closer Eddie Guardado in the bottom of the 9th. A's second baseman Mark Ellis hit a three-run home run to left to make it a 5-4 game. Oakland had one on and two outs when Ray Durham fouled out to second to end the series.moreless
    • 12/21/07
      May 18, 2004: Arizona Diamondbacks 2 at Atlanta Braves 0, F -- The Big Unit did more than turn back the clock on his amazing career, Randy Johnson tossed a perfect game, beating the Braves, 2-0, at Turner Field and proved that this 40-year-old superstar can still dominate an opponent. The Big Unit set down all 27 Braves he faced that night in Atlanta throwing 117 pitches while striking out 13. At 40 years, 251 days he was the oldest pitcher ever to throw a perfect game. Fittingly the final out came when he blew a 98-mph fastball past pinch-hitter Eddie Perez.moreless
    • October 14, 1976: 1976 ALCS, Game 5, KC Royals 6 at NY Yankees 7, F -- The first series in this budding postseason rivalry culminates in a see-saw affair that returns the Yankees to league preeminence. With the Royals trailing by three, George Brett blasts a clutch homer in the eighth to tie the game at six apiece. But Chris Chambliss leads off the bottom of the ninth with a dramatic solo shot that vaults the Yankees back in the World Series for the first time since 1964.moreless
    • 3/31/98: The Arizona Diamondbacks' First Game
      March 31, 1998: Colorado Rockies 9 at Arizona Diamondbacks 2, F -- On their first Opening Day and the first game ever at the brand-new Bank One Ballpark, the Diamondbacks lost 9-2 versus the Colorado Rockies. 50,179 witnessed these historical events which included a Travis Lee performance that included the first Diamondbacks hit (a single in the first inning), RBI, and home run.moreless
    • 2001 MLB All-Star Game
      Episode 931671
      July 10th, 2001: All-Star Game: National League 1 at American League 4, F -- There was magic in the crisp Seattle air at 2001 Midsummer Classic, as Cal Ripken prepared for his 19th and final All-Star Game. Everyone in attendance at Safeco Field (and watching at home) knew history was in the making. As the teams took the field, starting shortstop Alex Rodriguez very publicly gestured to Ripken to move over to his original position at short, motioning that he, Alex, would play third base (foreshadowing his switch with the Yankees some years later). As the crowd cheered them on, Cal, slightly embarrassed, agreed to the switch. In the third inning, as Ripken strode to the plate to the theme from "The Natural," the fans gave Cal one of the longest standing ovations ever. Minutes later, post-ovation, Cal stepped into the batters box swung at the first pitch from Chan Ho Park amid a sea of flashbulbs, and it sailed over the left field wall. Another heartfelt tribute from the fans ushered him around the bases. Prior to the sixth inning, Commissioner Bud Selig presented Ripken and Tony Gwynn, who was also retiring after the season, with the Commissioners' Historic Achievement Award. The award, which was created in 1998, is presented at the commissioner's discretion to any player whose body of work is in itself historical or any player who sets a record of historical significance. Cal put the final touches on his last All-Star game by holding the MVP trophy aloft. A fitting ending indeed.moreless
    • September 10, 1999: Boston Red Sox 3 at New York Yankees 1, F -- Pedro Martinez struck out 17 batters -- the most Yankees ever fanned in a single game -- and allowed only two base runners en route to his 21st victory of the season. DH Chili Davis's solo home run in the second inning provided the Yankees only run. Chuck Knoblauch was the Yankees' only other base runner (after being hit by a pitch leading off the first inning), but got caught stealing, so Pedro only faced 28 batters in this dominating performance. On the other side of the diamond, the Red Sox victimized four different Yankee pitchers for 12 hits, and catcher Mike Stanley's two-run home run was all the offense Pedro needed.moreless
    • 1995 NLDS, Game 1: Braves at Rockies
      October 3, 1995: 1995 NLDS, Game 1: Atlanta Braves 5 at Colorado Rockies 4, F -- The Colorado Rockies, in just their third season of existence, won the NL Wild Card and drew perennial powerhouse Atlanta as their inaugural playoff opponent. The Rockies gave the Braves all they could handle in Game 1, loading the bases in each of the last three innings, but the Braves bullpen wriggled out of the jams, allowing just one run to cross the plate. Rookie Chipper Jones blasted two homers and Marquis Grissom added a solo shot, as the Braves escaped with a 5-4 win en route to a four-game series victory.moreless
    • November 4, 2001: 2001 World Series, Game 7: New York Yankees 2 at Arizona Diamondbacks 3, F -- A fitting finale to one of the BEST World Series ever. Surviving two stunning losses in Games 4 and 5, the Diamondbacks found their own late-inning magic in the person of Luis Gonzalez. It began with Hall-of-Fame-bound starters Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling trading zeros through six. Schilling was strong on only two days rest, but left trailing 2-1 in the 8th after an Alfonso Soriano solo HR. Out of the bullpen came Game 5 starter Miguel Batista to face one batter; then manager Bob Brenly made the gutsy call to Randy Johnson -- the Game 6 starter just the night before -- for his second-ever postseason relief appearance. The Big Unit was perfect for 1.1, but all seemed on track for NY as they summoned "automatic" closer Mariano Rivera to hold the one-run lead. Rivera was riding a string of 23 consecutive postseason saves and seemed as invincible as they come. Then, in events as almost as otherworldly as the rain that fell on them in the desert, Mo proved human... and the D-backs became the youngest franchise to win a title on Gonzalez' dramatic game-winning line drive.moreless
    • 8/26/91: Bret Saberhagen's No-Hitter
      August 26, 1991: Chicago White Sox 0 at Kansas City Royals 7, F -- Bret Saberhagen, a 27-year-old right-hander, got a standing ovation from the crowd of 25,164 at Royals Stadium when he took the mound to start the ninth. Twice a Cy Young Award winner and recipient of the 1985 World Series Most Valuable Player Award, Saberhagen had never before come close to a no-no. This one, however, was not without controversy. Saberhagen, who walked two and faced 30 batters in the game, had one out in the fifth inning when left-handed-hitting White Sox right fielder Dan Pasqua hit a line drive to left field on which Kirk Gibson got a late jump. The left fielder ran back on an angle toward center field, jumped at the last moment at the front edge of the warning track and had the ball tip his glove and fall off, allowing Pasqua to reach second base. The scoreboard immediately flashed a hit but the official scorer, after watching replays, ruled it a two-base error. The call remained, and Saberhagen was near-perfect thereafter, and the fourth no-hitter in Royals history was his.moreless
    • September 16, 1988: LA Dodgers 0 at Cincinnati Reds 1, F -- Despite cooling his heels (and arm) during a two-and-a-half hour rain delay, once the game started, Cincy's Tom Browning methodically retired every Dodger he faced, recalling a night barely three months earlier when he had a perfect game for 8 1/3 innings. This time, Browning's dominance was virtually matched by Los Angeles' Tim Belcher, who also took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Would the rain hold out long enough to allow these two hurlers to make a run at history?moreless
    • October 28, 1995: 1995 World Series Game 6: Cleveland Indians 0 at Atlanta Braves 1, F -- After losing the 1991 and 1992 World Series, as well as the 1993 NLCS, the Braves (seemingly dubbed "The Team of the 90s" just a tad bit too early) finally put it all together in 1995. Tom Glavine was masterful, allowing just one hit and three walks over eight shutout innings, with Mark Wohlers working the ninth for the save. David Justice provided all the offense Atlanta needs with a sixth-inning solo shot off Jim Poole.moreless
    • October 25, 1986: 1986 World Series, Game 6: Boston Red Sox 5 at New York Mets 6, F/10 -- Leading 5-4 in the 10th inning, just one out away from their first Championship since 1918, the Red Sox (much to the frenzied delight of the Shea Stadium crowd) watch it all roll slowly away from them... literally. Bob Stanley's wild pitch allows Kevin Mitchell to score the tying run. Then, on the final pitch of a fabulous at-bat, Mookie Wilson fights off a fastball and dribbles a grounder up the first-base line that slips between Bill Buckner's legs and into history. Ray Knight dashes home with the game-winning run, forcing a Game 7 and permanently adding Buckner's name to the list of notorious baseball "goats."moreless
    • 10/14/03
      October 14, 2003: 2003 NLCS, Game 6: Florida Marlins 8 at Chicago Cubs 3, F/11 -- The Cubs, just five outs from their first World Series berth since 1945, allowed eight runs in a wild and wacky eighth inning as the Marlins rallied to take Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, 8-3, at Wrigley Field and force a decisive Game 7. With Mark Prior cruising and the Cubs leading, 3-0, Juan Pierre hit a one-out double in the eighth. Luis Castillo then hit a foul ball on the edge of the seats down the left-field line. Moises Alou reached up to make the catch, but several fans reached for the ball and one knocked it away just inches from Alou's glove. "I thought we had Castillo out," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "We didn't have fan interference because [the umpires] can't call it because the ball wasn't on the field of play."moreless
    • 9/30/07: Phillies Clinch the NL East
      September 30, 2007: Washington Nationals 1 at Philadelphia Phillies 6, F -- Back in January, Jimmy Rollins boldly proclaimed the Phillies were the team to beat in the NL East. Turns out he was right, as the Phils captured the division for the first time since 1993.
    • 9/28/08: Brewers Clinch NL Wild Card
      September 28, 2008: Chicago Cubs 1 at Milwaukee Brewers 3, F -- CC Sabathia strapped a whole city to his broad shoulders and carried it to the postseason, and Ryan Braun provided the last big push. Sabathia made his third consecutive start on three days' rest and worked all nine innings in the most clutch pitching performance in Brewers history. Braun put the team over the top, blasting a tie-breaking, two-run home run with two outs in the eighth inning for a 3-1 win over the Cubs that helped the Brewers win the National League Wild Card.moreless
    • October 23, 1993: 1993 World Series, Game 6: Philadelphia Phillies 6 at Toronto Blue Jays 8, F -- Facing elimination, the Phillies trailed by four in the seventh. But they battled back to score five runs -- three of them courtesy of a Lenny Dykstra homer -- to take a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth. That's when the Wild Thing, Mitch Williams, trotted out to close the door on the Jays. Instead, he put two men on for Joe Carter, who slammed the first come-from-behind, Series-winning homer in baseball history.moreless
    • October 17, 1971: 1971 World Series, Game 7: Pittsburgh Pirates 2 at Baltimore Orioles 1, F -- With four 20-game winners and a powerful lineup featuring Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson and Boog Powell, the Orioles were expected to dominate. But with the help of a Roberto Clemente home run in the fourth, and a Willie Stargell run in the eighth, Pirates starter Steve Blass went the distance for the World Series champion Pirates.moreless
    • 1/6/11
      October 5, 2003: 2003 NLDS, Game 5: Chicago Cubs 5 at Atlanta Braves 1, F -- The Cubs, anchored by another stellar performance from Kerry Wood, ended a 95-year drought with their 5-1 Game 5 win at Turner Field. The 3-2 Series win was the Cubs' first postseason series victory since their 1908 World Series win.moreless
    • October 16, 1969: 1969 World Series, Game 5: Baltimore Orioles 3 at New York Mets 5, F -- Slugger Donn Clendenon and light-hitting Al Weis each homered to back the five-hit pitching of Jerry Koosman as the "Miracle Mets" closed out their first-ever World Series championship with a 5-3 victory over the heavily favored Orioles. A key play in the sixth featured Cleon Jones being plunked on the foot by Baltimore starter Dave McNally. Jones was not originally awarded the base, but manager Gil Hodges retrieved the ball and pointed out the telltale black shoe-polish on the ball as proof. Rattled, McNally surrendered a two-run homer to the next batter, Clendenon, bringing the Mets within a run and shifting the momentum irrevocably toward New York. The Mets tacked on three more runs in the next two innings and the Amazing's upset was complete.moreless
    • October 22, 2000: 2000 World Series, Game 2: New York Mets 5 at New York Yankees 6, F -- Although Roger Clemens dominated the game with eight two-hit innings, it wasn't his pitching that garnered the postgame headlines. The Yankees seized control of the first Subway Series in 44 years with a 6-5 victory, but the buzz of the game was the "Clemens vs. Piazza Incident." Shattering Mike Piazza's bat with a first-inning fastball, Clemens bounded off the mound, fielded the bat, and oddly flung the broken piece in Piazza's direction. Both benches cleared, and after some tense moments, order was restored and Piazza grounded out on the next pitch to end the inning. Postgame, Clemens insisted his actions were unintentional and instinctive, while Piazza was simply shocked and confused by the bizarre incident. As for the game, the Yankees built a 6-0 lead before withstanding a ninth-inning Mets rally to earn a 6-5 win for their record 14th straight World Series victory.moreless
    • October 27, 2004: 2004 World Series, Game 4: Boston Red Sox 3 at St. Louis Cardinals 0, F -- Behind a dominant, three-hit effort by Derek Lowe, the Red Sox completed their World Series sweep of the Cardinals, winning their first title since 1918. Johnny Damon's first-inning home run started the scoring for Boston, and Trot Nixon hit a two-run double in the third. Manny Ramirez was named series MVP.moreless
    • October 27, 2006: 2006 World Series, Game 5: Detroit Tigers 2 at St. Louis Cardinals 4, F -- Jeff Weaver was astounding, allowing one earned run and fanning nine in eight innings, while Series MVP David Eckstein had two RBIs and scored a run to lead the Cardinals to their first World Series win since 1982. Yadier Molina had three hits and scored twice for the Cards, who were crowned at home in the first season at new Busch Stadium.moreless
    • 9/13/2008: Fransicso Rodriguez Rings Up Save Record
      September 13, 2008: Los Angeles Angels 5 at Seattle Mariners 2, F -- Having clinched the A.L. West a few days before, all eyes were focused on Francisco Rodriguez breaking the single-season saves record, set by another Angel, Bobby Thigpen, 18 years before. The opportunity for save No. 58 would not have been possible, however, without a monster game at the plate from fellow Venezuelan Juan Rivera, and a solid pitching performance by Jon Garland. Rivera, starting in place of the injured Vladimir Guerrero in right field, exploded for a 4-for-4 night with a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored. He also tied a club record with his three doubles, a feat that has been accomplished by an Angel four times this season. So when K-Rod struck out Raul Ibanez for the last out for his third save in four days, he lifted his arms and head skyward, then sank to his knees, his name etched into the record books.moreless
    • Season Review 09: Running Home
      Look back with on the action from the 2009 Major League Baseball season, including the track “Running Home” from the album “Play,” by Suzanne Sherman Propp
    • October 5, 2001: Los Angeles Dodgers 1 at San Francisco Giants 10, F -- On a cool night by the Bay, Barry Bonds capped a season of unmatched brilliance by taking possession of baseball's most hallowed single-season record. With three games to play, Bonds had already matched Mark McGwire's 1998 standard by collecting HR 70 in Houston the night before. Back home, Bonds didn't make the packed house at Pac Bell Park wait very long - in his first at-bat against Dodger right-hander Chan Ho Park, Bonds blasted his 71st homer 440 feet into the seats in right-center to set a new standard. Barry followed with a second circuit clout in the third inning and followed that up two days later with his 73rd on the season's last day. When the dust had settled, Bonds had not only broken the HR record, but he had also eclipsed Babe Ruth's 81-year-old record for slugging percentage - .863 to the Babe's formerly immortal mark of .849 - and the Babe's 78-year-old walks record, finishing with 177.moreless
    • 1989 ALCS, Game 4: A's at Blue Jays
      October 7, 1989: 1989 ALCS, Game 4: Oakland A's 6 at Toronto Blue Jays 5, F -- With the A's leading the Series 3-1, Game 4's pitching match-up pitted a former Cy Young winner, Mike Flanagan (1979) against a future one (1990), Bob Welch. Rickey Henderson continued his sizzling series offense early (3 for 8 with four walks, five runs scored, and seven stolen bases) by drilling a two-run homer in the third, but Jose Conseco's moonshot later that inning really caused a buzz – it was the first ball ever hit into the fifth-tier upper deck of SkyDome. In the stunned silence of the Dome, fans wondered if they had witnessed a 500-foot blast; in the end the official measurement was 480 feet. No matter; Oakland was handed a 3-0 lead. Henderson hit another two-run shot to make it 5-1, elevating his series average to .500. The Blue Jays continued to battle back through the eighth, but closer and future Hall-of-Famer Dennis Eckersley shut the door and the A's took a commanding 3-1 series lead.moreless
    • 1985 ALCS, Game 3: Blue Jays at Royals
      October 11, 1985: 1985 ALCS, Game 3: Toronto Blue Jays 5 at Kansas City Royals 6, F -- In the first year of the LCS moving to a best-of-seven, the Royals entered Game 3 down 2-0 in the series, but not yet on the brink of elimination. Manager Dick Howser (his postseason record a dismal 0-11) sent Cy Young winner Bret Saberhagen to the mound against Blue Jays veteran Doyle Alexander. George Brett homered in the first to give the Royals a 1-0 lead, then saved a run in the third with a gutsy defensive play at the plate. Brett then led off the fourth with a double, scoring on Frank White's sac fly to increase the KC lead to 2-0. A Blue Jays rally in the fifth included a line drive off Saberhagen's leg, and the inning ended with Bud Black on the mound and the Jays leading 5-2. The Royals regained a run in the next inning, and in the sixth Brett hit his second homer to tie the game 5-5. He was again the sparkplug in the 8th with aggressive baserunning, scoring the go-ahead run on Steve Balboni's single to give KC a 6-5 lead, which they defended for the win. At the end of the day, Brett was 4-4 with a single, double and two home runs, driving in three and scoring four, in addition to his run-saving defensive play, and Game 3 served as the turning point in the series, which the Royals ultimately won in seven games.moreless
    • 10/11/99
      October 11, 1999: 1999 ALDS, Game 5: Boston Red Sox 12 at Cleveland Indians 8, F -- If the Red Sox were going to complete their comeback from an 0-2 deficit, they needed to do it without Pedro Martinez, who pulled out of Game 1 with back problems and had yet to return. But with the deciding game tied in the fourth, Pedro came on in relief, dug deep and threw six innings of no-hit ball. Troy O'Leary, who had hit a grand slam earlier in the game, won it for the Sox with a three-run blast in the seventh.moreless
    • October 27, 1991: 1991 World Series, Game 7: Atlanta Braves 0 at Minnesota Twins 1, F/10 -- A classic World Series is capped by a classic Game 7 as the Twins and Braves need extra frames to determine a winner at the Metrodome. Jack Morris goes the distance with a seven-hit, ten-inning shutout masterpiece and a base-running blunder by Atlanta's Lonnie Smith in the eighth comes back to haunt the Braves as they hold the Twins scoreless through nine and might have won had Smith scored in the eighth. Regardless, the "Dome Field" advantage works its magic for the Twins who take home their second title in five years.moreless
    • 1996 NLDS, Game 3: Cardinals at Padres
      October 5, 1996: 1996 NLDS, Game 3: St. Louis Cardinals 7 at San Diego Padres 5, F -- MVP Ken Caminiti does his best to keep San Diego alive, blasting two homers and making a run-saving play in the field. But Brian Jordan steals the show with some sparkling defense of his own, followed by a game-winning blast off Padres closer Trevor Hoffman. Dennis Eckersley slams the door for his third save of the series as the Cardinals finish the sweep of the Padres.moreless
    • October 18, 2004: 2004 ALCS, Game 5: New York Yankees 4 at Boston Red Sox 5, F/14 -- Fresh off a 12-inning epic the night before, in which the Sox were three outs away from being unceremoniously swept out from the ALCS, Game 5 itself is an all-time playoff classic. Back and forth all game long, the Sox entered the 8th inning down two runs, but stormed back behind a David Ortiz homer and a Jason Varitek sacrifice fly to tie it up. The game would remain that way until the 14th, when Ortiz would again step to the dish...moreless
    • October 12, 1974: 1974 World Series, Game 1: Oakland Athletics 3 at Los Angeles Dodgers 2, F -- Reggie Jackson provided the power by opening the scoring with a home run in the second. Ace closer Rollie Fingers provided the pitching, coming on early in relief and earning the win. Staff ace Catfish Hunter closed up shop in the ninth for the save, and the discordant dynasty were on their was to their third consecutive World Championship.moreless
    • October 20, 1982: 1982 World Series, Game 7: Milwaukee Brewers 3 at St. Louis Cardinals 6, F -- Clutch hits by Keith Hernandez and George Hendrick backed the gutsy pitching of Joaquin Andujar. When Bruce Sutter recorded the last out to close the door on the Milwaukee "Harvey's Wallbangers" Brewers, St. Louis had won its first World Series title since the Bob Gibson-led 1967 squad.moreless
    • 7/28/94: Kenny Rogers's Perfect Game
      July 28, 1994: California Angels 0 at Texas Rangers 4, F -- The attendance at The Ballpark in Arlington was 46,581 -- the largest-ever to view a regular season game to that point. They had come to see Kenny Rogers, a four-year veteran of the mound who, up to this season, was a relief pitcher. The Rangers decided to convert him to a starter, and he took the mound on this late July evening with a 10-6 record. He had struggled in his previous three starts, but was destined to author his masterpiece that day. The seventh inning proved the most difficult, as The Gambler went to three-ball counts on three batters: Chad Curtis, who grounded out to third; Spike Owen, who flied out to left; and Jim Edmonds, who struck out. In the end, Rogers threw 98 pitches, most of them perfect.moreless
    • May 1, 1991: Toronto Blue Jays 0 at Texas Rangers 3, F -- When baseball's King of Ks, Nolan Ryan, struck out Roberto Alomar for his 16th strikeout of the game, it marked the completion of Ryan's record seventh no-hit gem -- three more than the man with the second most no-nos in history, Sandy Koufax. The 44 year-old Ryan proved yet again that there was still plenty of life left in the "ole right arm."moreless
    • April 29, 1986: Seattle Mariners 1 at Boston Red Sox 3, F -- A 23-year-old legend-in-the-making, Roger Clemens strikes out the side in the first inning to set the tone for the chilly evening (Fenway held just 13,414 witnesses to history that night), as he becomes the first pitcher in Major League history to strike out 20 batters in a single game.moreless
    • 2005 NLCS, Game 6: Astros at Cardinals
      October 19, 2005: 2005 NLCS, Game 6: Houston Astros 5 at St. Louis Cardinals 1, F -- The Astros shook off the shock of their Game 5 NLCS loss and rode the dazzling performance of NLCS MVP Roy Oswalt, who yielded a run on three hits in seven splendid innings. Brad Ausmus' three hits and Jason Lane's home run highlighted a potent offense, as the Astros defeated the Cardinals, 5-1, to win the National League pennant and earn the franchise's first-ever trip to the World Series.moreless
    • 1989 World Series, Game 3: Athletics at Giants
      October 17 and 27, 1989: 1989 World Series, Game 3: Oakland Athletics 13 at San Francisco Giants 7, F -- The first-ever all-Bay Area World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A's, known as "The Battle of the Bay," was ultimately upstaged by the first-ever nationally-televised earthquake. With the A's taking the first two games at home, the Series shifted across the bay to San Francisco, as the venerable Candlestick Park readied itself to host its first World Series game in 27 years. The pre-game festivities began at 5pm, and four minutes later, while ABC's Al Michaels and Tim McCarver were in the middle of their pre-game show, a violent 6.9 earthquake rocked the entire Bay Area. Those watching on TV saw the video flicker, then Michaels can be heard saying, "I'll tell you what -- we just had an earth—" before both sound and picture were lost. Candlestick Park held up admirably – no damage or injuries were sustained – and the crowd filed out peacefully upon the news that acting Commissioner Fay Vincent (A. Bartlett Giamatti had died in office just a month weeks before) postponed the game. Outside the park was another matter, as the Bay Area suffered miles of crumbled buildings, collapsed roads and 67 deaths. When the Series resumed 10 days later, the A's and Giants turned to their well-rested Game 1 starters, Dave Stewart and Scott Garrelts. Stewart held the Giants to three runs and five hits for the 13-7 triumph, and the victory made Stewart, (winner of sixty-two regular-season games in the last three years) the first man in history to record two victories in the same season in both the League Championship Series and the Fall Classic.moreless
    • 3/30/08: Ryan Zimmerman's Walk-Off Opens Nationals Park
      March 30, 2008: Atlanta Braves 2 at Washington Nationals 3, F -- The opening of brand-new Nationals Park in Washington DC was the hottest ticket in town, regardless of what happened on the field, with a sellout crowd of 39,389 and President George W. Bush throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Leave it to the franchise player, Ryan Zimmerman, to send the crowd home happy. In the bottom of the ninth inning, he hit Peter Moylan's 1-0 pitch over the left-center-field wall for the victory. It was the fourth walk-off home run of Zimmerman's career. "I've been lucky to be in this situation," Zimmerman said. "That's half of the battle right there. You can't do it if you are not in that situation. It's a mind-set -- you have to stay calm. I haven't done it every time, but I want to be up there."moreless
    • June 16, 1978: St. Louis Cardinals 0 at Cincinnati Reds 4, F -- On any given night in his career, Tom Seaver could be virtually unhittable. Three times he had taken a no-hitter into the ninth inning, and five times he finished a game with only one hit allowed. Yet for all his accomplishments, the Cooperstown-bound hurler was unable to bag his own personal white whale in the form of a complete game no-no. All of that changed on one night in the middle of June.moreless
    • October 21, 1976: 1976 World Series, Game 4: Cincinnati Reds 7 at New York Yankees 2, F -- On the heels of the high from Chris Chambliss' Royals-crushing home run in the ALCS to put the Yankees into the World Series, the Yanks crashed right into the steamrolling juggernaut that was the "Big Red Machine" from Cincinnati. With a lineup that boasted George Foster, Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez and Ken Griffey, the Reds only allowed the Yankees the lead once in the Series, for the first three innings of this Game 4. Johnny Bench homered twice to drive in four runs, adding to his Series-leading totals and earning him World Series MVP honors.moreless
    • 2007 NLCS, Game 4: Diamondbacks at Rockies
      October 15, 2007: 2007 NLCS, Game 4: Arizona Diamondbacks 4 at Colorado Rockies 6, F -- The Rockies are National League champions after a Game 4 victory which echoed their frantic finish to the regular season. Down by a run in the fourth, Colorado buried the D-backs with six two-out runs. Seth Smith came through with a two-run, pinch-hit double, Kazuo Matsui singled home a run and Matt Holliday's towering three-run homer booked the Rockies' ticket to their first World Series.moreless
    • 6/9/2008: Ken Griffey Jr.'s 600th Homer
      June 9, 2008: Cinncinati Reds 9 at Florida Marlins 4, F -- The Reds blasted four home runs, including one in each of the first three innings. The most historically significant shot came first, with Jerry Hairston at third base after stealing two bases. Up Ken Griffey Jr. got a 3-1 hanging curveball from Marlins starter Mark Hendrickson and deposited it into the right-field seats for his 600th career home run. Griffey became the sixth player in Major League history to reach that plateau. From there, 25-year-old Reds starter Edinson Volquez took over, allowing a season-high three earned runs on three hits while walking five and striking out five, improving to 9-2 on the year with a 1.56 ERA. Griffey wasn't the only one to make history for the Reds on this night; catcher Paul Bako reached his own milestone by notching the first multihomer game of his career. After Griffey made it 2-0 in the first, the Reds got runners on first and second to start the second inning, and Bako delivered with a three-run homer to straightaway center field to make it a five-run game. He then added a two-run shot in the ninth to seal the deal.moreless
    • October 9, 1988: 1988 NLCS, Game 4: Los Angeles Dodgers 5 at New York Mets 4, F/12 -- Backed by homers from Darryl Strawberry and Kevin McReynolds, Dwight Gooden and the Mets enjoyed a 4-2 lead in the 9th, and seem poised to take a 3-1 series lead. But Mike Scioscia, who had only three home runs all season, had other ideas, and his two-run homer forced extra frames. Then in the 12th, Kirk Gibson foreshadowed his forthcoming World Series dramatics with a solo, go-ahead dinger off Roger McDowell. But it wasn't over yet. In the bottom half of the inning it looked as though Gibson's heroics might go to waste, as the Mets put two men on against Tim Leary. So Manager Tommy Lasorda called on his "bulldog," Orel Hershiser, to close it out. Despite having pitched into the ninth in Game 1, not to mention seven innings pitched in Game 3 the night before, Hershiser recorded the final out to tie the series at two games apiece.moreless
    • The 20's to the 50's, Vol. 1
      Alexander, Ruth, Gehrig, and Robinson are some of the biggest names in baseball history. Experience the moments that made them icons. Thomson's home run, Mays' catch, and the pitching of Don Larsen and Lew Burdette show you why the 1950s were baseball's Golden Age. 1926 World Series, Game 7 - Alexander the Great 1932 World Series, Game 3 - Ruth's Called Shot 7/4/39 - Senators vs Yankees: Luckiest Man Alive 4/15/47 - Braves vs Dodgers: Robinson Break Color Barrier 10/03/51 - Dodgers vs Giants: Shot Heard 'Round the World 1954 World Series, Game 1 - The Catch 1956 World Series, Game 5 - Larsen's Perfect Game 1957 World Series, Game 7 - Lew Burdettmoreless
    • The 70's to the 80's, Vol. 1
      Memorable home runs break records, win championships...and create hometown heroes. Plus high drama in the 1980s with the Cardiac Kids, Mookie Wilson, the Bless You Boys, and Mike Scott. 5/12/70 - Braves vs Cubs: Ernie Banks 500th Home Run 1972 World Series, Game 1 - Tenace Unlikely Hero 4/8/74 - Dodgers vs Braves: Hammerin' Hank 1975 World Series, Game 6 - Fisk Waves it Fair 1986 World Series, Game 6 - The Bill Buckner Game 9/25/86 - Giants vs Astros: Scott No Hitter 1985 World Series, Game 5 -Gibson Beats Goose 1980 World Series, Game 6 - Tug Closes it Outmoreless
    • The 90's to the 00's , Vol. 1
      In the 1990s, Puckett made us smile, Henderson was the greatest, Martinez reached perfection, and a young Yankees fan helped launch a dynasty, while the new millenium ushered in moments like Aaron Boone, a new home run king, baseball in the wake of 9/11 and that unstoppable Rally Monkey. 1991 World Series, Game 6 - Kirby Forces Game 7 5/1/91 - Yankees vs. As: Rickey Runs into Record Book 7/28/91- Expos vs. Dodgers: Martinez is Perfect 5/1/91 - Blue Jays vs. Rangers: Ryan's 7th No-No 2003 ALCS, Game 7 - Boone Blast BoSox 10/05/01 - Dodgers vs. Giants: Bonds Hits 71 9/21/01 - Braves vs. Mets: God Bless America 2002 World Series, Game 6: Spiezio Ignites Rallymoreless
    • 5/31/08: Manny Ramirez's 500th Home Run
      Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez joined the 500-home run club in style, becoming the 24th member of the elite fraternity by belting a majestic solo shot deep to right-center field in front of a heavily pro-Boston crowd at Camden Yards. Jacoby Ellsbury contributed to the win with three stolen bases and a triple to lead off the seventh inning, igniting the game-winning rally.moreless
    • 7/28/91: Dennis Martinez' Perfect Game
      Montreal Expos 2 at Los Angeles Dodgers 0, F -- Expos pitcher Dennis Martinez becomes the first Latin American pitcher to throw a perfect game, as he blanks the Dodgers during a day game at Dodger Stadium
    • October 26, 2000: NY Yankees 4 at NY Mets 2, F -- The Yankees held a three-games-to-one advantage as the modern-day Subway Series headed into Game 5 at Shea. Through eight, each club had pushed across just two runs against tough pitching -- the Yanks picking up solo home runs by Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter, and the Mets scoring two unearned against starter Andy Pettitte. Mets starter Al Leiter was still on the mound heading into the ninth, when the Yankees, taking advantage of a few unusual plays and a clutch, two-out single from veteran Luis Sojo, scored two runs. Bottom nine: Enter Sandman. Mariano Rivera took the mound and with Mike Piazza up as the tying run with two outs, got him to fly out to the deepest part of the ballpark for the last out. It was Yankees' third consecutive World Series title (and fourth in five seasons), putting the finishing touches on their 26th Championship, and their end-of-the-century dynasty.moreless
    • 9/25/86: Mike Scott's No-Hitter
      San Francisco Giants 0 at Houston Astros 2, F -- Pitching at home in the Astrodome, Mike Scott throws a 2-0 no-hitter against the Giants to clinch the National League West title for the Astros.
    • 1998 World Series, Game 4: Yankees at Padres
      October 21, 1998: New York Yankees 3 at San Diego Padres 0, F -- The Yankees finished up the sweep of the Padres for their 125th victory of the season and their 24th World Championship. Mariano Rivera came in with the bases loaded in the 8th, only to close the door on former Yankee Jim Leyritz (he, possessed of a well-earned reputation for clutch hits), and was perfect in the 9th to finish the postseason with a 0.00 ERA over ten games. Scott Brosius was named Series MVP.moreless
    • 2004 NLCS, Game 6: Astros at Cardinals
      Houston Astros 4 at St. Louis Cardinals 6, F/12: Returning to St. Louis and down 3-2 in the series, the Cardinals needed this win if they wanted to force a Game 7. The Cardinals went into the 9th inning leading by one, but Jeff Bagwell came through for the Astros with game-tying single scoring Morgan Ensberg. The Cardinals and Astros battled it out in extra innings until Jim Edmonds hit a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the 12th to give the Cardinals hope in Game 7.moreless
    • 9/17/96: Nomo's No-No
      Episode 1796
      Dodgers 9 at Rockies 0, F: Hideo Nomo's "Tornado" delivery had been baffling hitters for two seasons when capped an excellent sophomore year by tossing a no-hitter in the unlikeliest of ballparks: the high-altitude, hitter-friendly Coors Field
    • October 14, 1984: San Diego Padres 4 at Detroit Tigers 8, F -- The Padres held a one-run lead in the eighth inning as manager Dick Williams paid a visit to Goose Gossage on the mound. With men on second and third and one out, first base was open for intentionally walking the powerful Kirk Gibson, who already hit a two-run home run earlier in the game. Legend has it that Gibson bet his manager Sparky Anderson that Goose, at that very moment, was talking Williams into letting him pitch to him. In fact, Gossage had dominated Gibson in the past, and felt confident he could get him out. Gibson strode to the plate and promptly responded with a three-run homer into the upper deck, clinching the Series for the Tigers, making Sparky Anderson the first manager to win a championship in both the American and National Leagues.moreless
    • 9/21/10
      July 13, 1999: National League 1 @ American League, 4, F -- The last All-Star game of the 20th century gathered together baseball's "All-Century" team, the greatest living players of all time. This spine-tingling spectacle was augmented by the appearance of the legend among legends, Ted Williams, on hand to throw out the first pitch. His magnetism led to one of baseball's most spontaneous of magical moments, as the current and All-Century All-Stars gathered around the fragile Splendid Splinter, basking in his greatness for what was perhaps the last time. Finally, the game had to go on; the lovefest was dispersed and Williams tossed the first pitch in front of a delirious crowd. Then AL starting pitcher and Fenway's own Pedro Martinez took the mound, and made a little magic of his own.moreless
    • 1992 ALCS, Game 5: Blue Jays @ Athletics
      Toronto Blue Jays 2 at Oakland Athletics 6, F -- Down three games to one, the Oakland Athletics needed to combine aggressive offense and stellar pitching if they were going to have any hope of forcing a Game 6. And they did. The A's scored six runs in the first five innings, while pitcher Dave Stewart allowed only two runs in a complete game victory over the Blue Jays.moreless
    • 8/4/07: A-Rod's 500th Home Run
      Alex Rodriguez hits his 500th career home run and becomes the youngest player to reach that milestone.
    • 9/1/07: Clay Buchholz's No-Hitter
      September 1, 2007: Orioles 0 at Red Sox 10 F -- For 23-year-old right-hander Clay Buchholz, whose understated Beaumont, Texas, drawl bespeaks a grasp of higher powers, the moment came around the seventh inning of his second Major League start. "You know when everybody knows what's going on," said Buchholz, still wearing his Red Sox jersey, "and then you look at the scoreboard, and then say, 'Oh, Lord.'" And so the 6-foot-3 rookie, whose Major League focus matched a singularly dominant repertoire on one historic night, finally noticed a lack of Red Sox sitting near him in the dugout. Then he went out and became only the third pitcher since 1900 to throw a no-hitter in his first or second Major League start. By completing the 17th no-hitter in Red Sox history, Buchholz accomplished at such an early stage in his career what Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling never did in a Red Sox uniform. Buchholz struck out nine, walked three and hit a batter as Boston won, 10-0, before 36,819 thrilled fans. And he threw 115 pitches before a workload-leery Red Sox front office, which gleefully celebrated with hugs and fist pumps on the last offering, a 1-2 curveball that froze Nick Markakis.moreless
    • 10/1/04: Ichiro All-Time Single-Season Hit Leader
      Texas Rangers 3 at Seattle Mariners 8, F -- A capacity crowd of 45,473 gathered at Safeco Field to watch Ichiro lay claim to a record that stood for 84 years, and he didn't make them wait long. In his first at-bat in the first inning, he collected his 257th hit of the season, tying him with George Sisler, who set the season mark in 1920. Then, in his next at-bat in the third inning, in front of three generations of the Sisler family, Ichiro collected hit No. 258, a hard grounder up the middle, and the record books were re-written. As a side note, the hit in the first inning was Ichiro's 919th of his four-year MLB career, giving him the new record for hits over any four-year span in ML history, breaking Bill Terry's record from 1929-1932.moreless
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